1991 Ford Ranger XLT 2WD xtra cab 4.0 OHV from North America

Summary:

Ford screwed up discontinuing the 4.0 OHV engine

Faults:

Rear end pinion bearing. Warranty repair.

Power steering pump. Had well over 200000 miles at the time.

One front brake rotor.

General Comments:

The Ranger 4.0 OHV engine is the best and most reliable engine I have ever owned. This truck was the best and most reliable vehicle I have ever owned.

Another car pulled out in front of me, and truck got totaled. Was planning on driving it to 500000 miles and have no doubts it would have made it.

In 3000 miles it would go through about 1/2 to 3/4 of a qt of oil. Didn't leak oil either. Was getting a slight oil seep at the rear main. Wouldn't leak to the ground except I drop here and there. But could tell by slight film on the under carriage that it did have a slight seep. Never any auto tranny problems. Everything worked fine. Still had original alternator.

Did routine maintenance (myself). Oh, I did replace one front brake rotor.

I drove 100 freeway miles a day for all those years. 1992 (when purchased) to 2007 (when totaled). My freeway drive was pretty much low traffic. Park it in cruise and go. Had a couple of steep grades, but easy sailing.

About 9 months ago I saw a 1999 OHV Ranger that I wanted to buy. It had 70000 miles on it. The problem was that they wanted $9000.00 for it. A lot for a 16 or 17 year old vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th February, 2017

20th Feb 2017, 16:53

Hmmmmfff. The Ford 4.0 was not bad, but not great either. Some engines live for decades (Chevy 250 I-6, Dodge Slant 6, Buick 3.8 V6/3800, Ford 300 I-6, Chevy 350...) even great engines eventually outlive their usefulness; the reality is that engine was laughable when Ford still had the nerve to stick it in the Mustang less than a decade ago, and for all practical purposes it's a boat anchor today.

20th Feb 2017, 21:54

$9000 for a '99 Ranger is laughable. Even if it only had 7 miles on it.

1991 Ford Ranger STX Supercab 2.9 V6 from North America

Summary:

It was a pretty okay truck

Faults:

All front axle joints at 187k miles.

A/C never worked.

Heater motor at 188k miles.

Heater switch at 187k miles.

Shifter knob had a tendency to pop off.

T-case shifter linkage wore out and didn't want to go in 2wd or 4 lo sometimes.

Rear bumper rusted out, and was on the verge of falling off.

Replaced tailgate the day I bought it.

Underpowered.

RUST...

Electrical NIGHTMARE.

Driver's window rails worn out, so window didn't want to close right ever.

THE RADIO DIDN'T WORK!

General Comments:

Rusty and not so trusty. Left me stranded a few times.

Best gas mileage I ever got with it was 19mpg.

It was no hotrod by any means. Had to grab third to hold 55 mph on some hills.

Transmission crossmember was bent from the day I got it, until the day I got rid of it. The rear yoke rubbed the bottom of the cab because of it.

The wiring was all hacked when I got it, but I got my money's worth out of the truck.

I only paid $200 for it, and I beat it pretty much to death.

Will say it rode very nicely on the highway for being a truck, but wind blew it around everywhere.

The truck had the aerodynamics of a refrigerator with a chunk of plywood ratchet strapped to it.

Exhaust rotted off at the driver's side manifold.

Body rotted between rockers and seat.

Had a good bit of room behind the front seats (supercab model).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th November, 2011

1991 Ford Ranger XLT 4.0L V6 from North America

Summary:

They rust out before they stop running

Faults:

Shocks & struts.

Radiator.

Rear brakes.

General Comments:

This old girl keeps on going. She will rust out before she stops running.

Starts every cold morning in Wisconsin!

Can get through a blizzard!

Decent gas mileage.

Can beat an S10 in a take off.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th September, 2011